62 attractions you should visit in South Yorkshire - With photos & details

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Top 62 attractions to explore in South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire is a ceremonial and metropolitan county in England. It is the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and had a population of 1.34 million in 2011. One of the iconic counties with so many tourism possibilities. .

Abbeydale Industrial HamletAbbeydale Rd S, Beauchief, Sheffield S7 2QW, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. See the Manager's House and Worker's Cottage, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull, steam engine and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK.

Agden ReservoirAgden Reservoir, Sheffield S6, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Agden Reservoir is a water storage reservoir, situated at grid reference SK260925, 6.5 miles west of the centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It is owned by Yorkshire Water which is part of the Kelda Group. The reservoir covers an area of 25 hectares and has a capacity of 559 million gallons of water, the dam wall has a width of approximately 350 metres with a height of 30 metres.

Bishops' HouseNorton Lees Ln, Meersbrook, Sheffield S8 9BE, UK
Iconic Buildings

Bishops' House is the oldest surviving timber-framed house in Sheffield. It was built around 1500 and is tucked away at the top of Meersbrook Park, from where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city. It is known as Bishops' House because it was said to have been built for two brothers, John and Geoffrey Blythe, both of whom became Bishops. There is, however, no evidence that they ever lived in this house—the first known resident is William Blythe, a farmer and scythe manufacturer, who was

Carl WarkSheffield, Hope Valley S11 7TY, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The hill known as Carl Wark lies close to Higgar Tor between Stanage and Burbage Edges. It rises high above Burbage Brook and is a fine natural defensive position, so it was used as a fort long ago. The cliffs and embankment form an enclosure that has been interpreted as an Iron Age hill fort, though the date of construction and purpose of the fortifications remains unknown.

Clifton Park MuseumClifton Ln, Rotherham S65 2AA, UK
Museums

Clifton Park Museum is located close to the centre of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. The building dates from 1783 and was originally the home of the Walker Family, a local firm of iron founders. It tells the story of Rotherham from earliest times to the present day. Exhibits include Roman artefacts from the local Templeborough Fort; the renowned Rockingham ceramics collection from nearby Swinton, including the 1.2 metre tall Rhinoceros Vase which, when it was fired in 1826.

Conisbrough CastleCastle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3BU, UK
Iconic Buildings

Conisbrough Castle is a medieval fortification in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, England. The castle was initially built in the 11th century by William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey, after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Hamelin Plantagenet, the illegitimate, parvenu brother of Henry II, acquired the property by marriage in the late 12th century.

Cusworth HallBack Ln, Doncaster DN5 7TU, UK
Iconic Buildings

Cusworth Hall is a Grade I Listed country house Set in the landscaped parklands of Cusworth Park, Cusworth Hall is a good example of a Georgian country house. It is now a country house museum.It was built in the 1740s by some of the best craftsmen and artists of the day, so for older kids studying architecture or artistic history this can be a helpful and significant stop.

Cusworth HallCusworth Hall, Cusworth, Doncaster DN5 7TU, UK
Iconic Buildings

The beautiful Cusworth Hall building is set on acres of historic land. WIth a functional Hall, Museum and Park across the land that Cusworth Hall Sites on.  The present house was built in 1740–1745 by George Platt for William Wrightson to replace a previous house and was further altered in 1749–1753 by James Paine.

Doncaster Museum and Art GalleryChequer Rd, Doncaster DN1 2AE, UK
Museums

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery was opened in 1964. Designed by the council architects, it replaced the existing Beechfield House Museum which had been home to the collections of Doncaster Museum Service since 1910. It has collections of natural history, archaeology, local history, fine and decorative art.

Doncaster RacecourseBawtry Rd, Doncaster DN4 5HH, UK
Outdoors- Other

Doncaster Races is a busy northern racecourse which hosts 36 race fixtures a year, as well as being a popular venue for exhibitions and conferences. Steeped in history, it is home to the world’s oldest classic race, the St Leger Stakes, first run in 1776. Hosting 37 race days across the National Hunt and Flat seasons, Doncaster Racecourse is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK.

Ecclesall WoodsEcclesall Woods, Sheffield, UK
Outdoors- Other
Forests

Ecclesall Woods are comprised of three large ancient woodlands with a long history of management stretching back over many thousands of years. It covers approximately 350 acres of mature semi-natural deciduous woodland which was previously used for timber and charcoal, and is currently managed by the city council for the benefit of wildlife and visitor access. There are two roads and over 15 km of public footpaths running through the woods. The Abbeydale miniature railway is located within the w

Elsecar Heritage CentreWath Rd, Elsecar, Barnsley S74 8HJ, UK
Iconic Buildings

Elsecar Heritage Centre is a Living History centre in Elsecar, South Yorkshire. It also comprises various shops, galleries, art studios and an exhibition hall. It runs craft workshops, special events, and a monthly antiques fair. The buildings were originally used for various industries including ironworks and forges, a distillery, and engineering workshops.

Elsecar Heritage RailwayThe Railway Office, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley S74 8HJ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Elsecar Heritage Railway is South Yorkshire’s only Heritage Railway. Established in the early 90's, when Barnsley Council re-opened the former colliery workshops at Elsecar as a tourist attraction, the former colliery line at Elsecar has been reopened as a heritage railway. It currently running between Rockingham station and Hemingfield Basin. The railway is operated using a variety of different preserved rolling stock.

Endcliffe ParkRustlings Rd, Sheffield S11 7AB, UK
Parks

Endcliffe Park is a large park in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The park was opened in 1887 to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The main entrances to Endcliffe Park are off Hunters Bar and Rustlings Road where some public car parking is available within the park. There is a children's playgound and cafe serving locally sourced food. The park also has duck ponds, riverside walk and plenty fo space for ball games. Events are held regularly in the park.

Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery CentreTown Hall, Church St, Barnsley S70 2TA, UK
Museums

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. Visitors will uncover the incredible story of Barnsley told through centuries-old artefacts, documents, films and recordings that have been donated by people living and working in the borough.

Graves GalleryLeader House, Surrey St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2LH, UK
Art Galleries

Graves Art Gallery is an art gallery in Sheffield, England. The gallery is located above the Central Library in Sheffield city centre. It houses permanent displays from the city’s historic and contemporary collection of British and European art along with a programme of temporary exhibitions. The collection encapsulates the story of the development of art.

Graves ParkHemsworth Rd, Sheffield S8 8LJ, UK
Parks

Graves Park is Sheffield's biggest park located int he south west of the city. The park boasts lots of facilties for visitors including a cafe, 2 children's paygrounds, animal farm, sporting facilities: Bowling Greens*, Cricket*, Football*, Tennis, 9 Hole Pitch & Putt* nature trails, fishing lake, woodland and plenty of open space.

Higger TorHigger Tor, Sheffield, Hope Valley S11 7TY, UK
Outdoors- Other

The gritstone tor dominates the landscape above Hathersage and the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate, a popular area for visitors from nearby Sheffield, rich in prehistory and legend. It is a fantastic viewpoint situated close to Hathersage in the Peak District. It overlooks the Burbage Valley and the Iron Age hill fort of Carl Wark to the southeast.

Hillsborough ParkParkside Rd, Sheffield S6 2AB, UK
Parks

Hillsborough Park is a large parkland area in Hillsborough, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It is situated three miles north-westof the city centre. It owned by Sheffield City Council and is one of the 13 designated "City Parks". A popular choice among bird-watchers, dog walkers, photographers and nature-lovers, the forest covers an area of almost 200 acres and has way-marked routes providing a variety of different walks to suit everyone.

Hoober Stand1 Lee Brook Ln, Wentworth, Brampton Bierlow, Rotherham S62 7SH, UK
Sculptures

This folly built to commemorate an aristocratic victory over Catholic rebellion plays tricks on the eye.  It was situated in Wentworth in Northern England, this unusual structure is in the shape of a tall three-sided pyramid, truncated at the top to house a hexagonal glass-sided cupola that appears to move about, due to an optical illusion.

Map of attractions in South Yorkshire